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Saffron and Sage
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Published Friday Feb 14, 2020 by Fitt

Saffron & Sage Is San Diego’s Must-visit Wellness Boutique

Sure, you’ve heard of yoga studios, and you’ve heard of spas. But what if we told you San Diego was home to a tranquil oasis that combines the best of both into one zenned-out escape? Enter: Saffron & Sage

Self-Care Sanctuary 

Tucked away in the heart of a quiet neighborhood in Mission Hills, Saffron & Sage has created a soothing space dedicated health, healing, and community, making it the perfect place for overworked city-dwellers to unwind and destress.  

 

It’s all thanks to their carefully-curated selection of wellness treatments meant to revive you from the inside out. Book a restorative acupuncture, cupping, massage, sound bath, or aromatherapy session. And if you really want to tap into your best self, the studio also offers life coaching, nutritional therapy, and spiritual direction, along with a whole host of holistic healthcare offerings. Not sure where to start? They’ll set you up with a complimentary wellness consultation and recommend which services are best for you.    

 

But if you’d rather skip the energy therapy and unroll your mat for a mindful flow, instead — you can do that, too. Saffron & Sage doubles as a yoga studio and features a full schedule of breathwork-focused classes, including everything from candlelit gentle flow to Vinyasa, Yin, and Hatha practices. So, no matter if you’re in the mood for a calming, meditative session or a fast-paced, muscle-strengthening workout, you’ll find exactly what your body and mind needs.        

 

Modern Luxury 

Now, we can’t talk about Saffron & Sage without mentioning the stacked lineup in their boutique. The small storefront at the entrance of the studio boasts a huge supply of self-care products (think dry brushes, essential oils, natural beauty products, candles, herbal tea, and more), so you bring their positive vibes home with you. 

 

Ready to reset, rejuvenate, and, honestly, spoil yourself with a little pampering? Peep the brand’s picture-perfect aesthetic on Instagram for a preview of what you can expect. And if you’re already sold, head to the studio space for a yoga class or treatment. 

 

Did we mention that any time you visit, you’ll be treated to a cup of herbal tea or bone broth? Trust us — you’ll leave Saffron & Sage feeling better and more blissed out than ever. 

 

This article was originally published on Fitt.co.
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Fitt is a location-based discovery platform that connects users to healthy experiences across 30 cities in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Find the best fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and outdoor adventures at www.fitt.co.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar